Updated July 2005
Hope you are well. Here's four photographs of the
hope they are of some use to you.1/The Laburnums as it was
when we lived in the village.2/Mum and Dad Bower. 3/Myself, Tony Spaxman and Clive Dye.4/My brother and
sister-in-law on their wedding day (Arthur and Hilda) they eventually
had seven children. Unfortunately Arthur is no longer with us but Hilda
is still around.
Kind Regards Brian Bower Doncaster.
Thanks Brian. I will add the
photographs to the site later when I have more time.
I have just been given a carton of old
family photographs, there are two pertaining to the 1920 strike
with others went to Hull and bought fish distributing it to
the striking miners. Would you like a copy of these photographs,
other than my Grandfather a George Graham I do not know who the other
Thanks Elaine that would be
great. If you live local please email me again with your address and I
will arrange to pick the copies up.
the copies u
Gordon Steele here,
John's brother. Re the
school photos on the site ---- I may be able to help with Mrs Horton's
all on the back row 3rd from left is John Wheater, 6th from
left David Nicoll, 8th
from left Terrence Donohue. I am not 100%
certain of this one!!!!! 11th from the left looks very much
like George Kerly? Such a long time ago! I hope this helps a little. Cheers
Gordon Steele. Walton Wakefield.
Thanks very much Gordon. I hope
to see you at the next exhibition which I am planning.
I understand Geoff Osborne has asked about
me. Please forward him my details which are enclosed.
Ray Dyson Leeds
Sorry Ray but I have lost a number of email addresses and
Geoff's is one of them. If he gets in touch with me again I will pass on your details.
looking for my photo on your web site, cant find it any where. R u winding
me up or what?
Luv Becci Sanderson Brierley.
if I would Becci, check
this pic out.
is Nicky Cinderey-Smith from Brierley in the Forest
Where is your Brierley?
Nicky, The Brierley this web site refers to is in Barnsley South
Yorkshire. Nearest cities that you may have heard of are Leeds and
Updated June 2005
I have just come across your website, while searching for
information on Rev Bancks. He was rector of Hartley, Kent where I
live, from 1902 to 1934. I am interested in all aspects of Hartley's history and I
note the e-mail you received from Chris Green about Rev Bancks and his
family, and I was wondering if you could forward this e-mail to him.
I have for example copies of the many articles he wrote for the parish
magazine from 1923 onwards.
Many thanks Peter Mayer, Hartley,
Thanks for your email Peter.
Unfortunately I have lost Chris's email address due to a computer fault but I am
putting an appeal out on the
Peoples Search page 3
him to contact me again. As soon as he does I will forward your email
onto him. Thank you for showing an interest in the site.
Thanks so much for
the kind words and the
on the site, its great. It made me laugh smile and cry. The
photograph brought back many memories as I don't have any pictures of them
both and as years go by, your memory does fade a little but their memory
will never be forgotten. Once again thanks for putting the photo on your
Take care from
Darron, Cudworth (David's son and Eddie & Nellie's grandson, they are all truly
It was my pleasure Darron.
Also check out this
census shows Joseph Grimes living at Ivy House in Brierley. Any idea
where that is (was) ?
Hi Keith, I have been
asked this question a few times and to be honest with you I haven't got a
clue but I will pass your email onto Richard Watson to see if he can help.
Hope you are well. With reference to the
early 1950s. Boys sitting at the front.2nd from the
left is I think Myself Brian Bower. I don't remember the girl 5 from the
left, middle row, as Hilary Howton but I think she was called Norma Harding.
All the Best Brian Bower. (P.S. I will
continue to study the photograph.)
Thanks for the information Brian, I have updated the photograph
I would like to find out the email of Chris Green who was asking you about
William Bancks. I am descended for William Bancks as well and would like
to see what information he has.
Thanks Robert Baines
Thanks for your email Robert.
Chris's email is showing a lot of interest. Unfortunately I have lost his email
address due to a computer fault but I am
putting an appeal out on the
Peoples Search page 3
him to contact me again. As soon as he does I will forward your email
onto him. Thank you for showing an interest in the site.
The lady in the front row on the
Mothers Union photograph,
second from left, is my grandmother,
Ethel Grimes (nee Wood). She was the mother of Derek Grimes, who is on the
St Paul's class of 1937
photograph. Derek is still alive and lives in what used to be known as
Common End, he owned the nursery there, as did his Grandfather,
The little girl identified as J Grimes on the
is my dad's cousin, Joan. As far as I know, all of Ethel's
five kids - Derek, Leonard (my dad), Kenneth, Enid Mary and Margaret, all
went to St Paul's.
I have just recently started researching my family tree, seems
my great-great grandfather (Joseph) was a coachman at Burntwood,
presumably for the Dymond family.
Love the web site, brings back so many memories, mainly of
Danny Oates ice cream ! I'd love to see more photos.
Best regards Keith Grimes
for your email Keith and your valuable information. I don't know if you
live local but I am hoping to hold an exhibition come August/September
when all the Baipip photographs will be on show. Alternatively I am at the
moment indexing the full photograph collection which will be published on
the web site. You will then be able to request any photographs you desire.
I spoke to your uncle Dereck at the last exhibition and he says he would
like to write his memories of living in Brierley for me but it is
difficult finding the time to see him. I have put a photograph of
on the wedding page. It is not very good but it
was reproduced from an old newspaper cutting.
circa 1970s. The other Wilby is "Geoff".
All the best with your excellent web site.
Paul Vodden, Brierley
for that Paul.
My name is Gary
Blenkinsop and I was wondering if you could help me I looked through your
site and found an email from Bob Blenkinsop about his Granddad Ernest, I
was wondering if you could forward my mail on to him as my Granddad
was Ernest’s cousin and I would like to find out a bit more about
Ernest. I am living in the Isle of Wight.
Gary but I appear to have lost Bob's email address but I am sure he will
catch up with the site shortly and email me. I am hoping to put the story that Bob wrote about Ernest on
the web site very soon. Please keep in touch.
staff photo circa 1970s you can add Mick Wadsworth third from the
left on the top row and Mr Price second left on the bottom row.
Chris Sykes. Brierley
I understand there is a new Pub or
Club playing 60s/70s/80s music. I would like to know the address and telephone number
and whether meals are served.
you in anticipation.
Regards - Kathleen Perfect
I think you may be referring to the Nite Owl
or Qube as it is now known. Their telephone number is 01226 711123. The Qube
is also a motel and serve bar meals or restaurant meals. A very popular
place on a Wednesday and Friday night is the Robin Hood which is on
Rotherham Road on the outskirts of Brierley telephone 01226 716977. People
come from all over the area and I am told a good night is had by all. Thanks
around the village there seems to be an increasing problem of litter. Have
the council got shut of all the road sweepers.
Dave Lomas Shafton
I agree with you 100% Dave. I walk round Brierley everyday and I believe
that it is a forgotten village.
looking at the
The girl second from the right (next to
Gillian Firth) is Ann Rowley.
The site keeps
getting even better (I see that my son Alan has also seen it and e mailed
you as well) He's living in London but likes to keep in touch with
don't know what I would do without you John. I had an idea that Alan may
be your son but I wasn't sure. Thank you for your kind comments on the
site. It's good to be back. The photograph in question seems to be very
popular and has been updated.
Thanks for the information and, I Will be
happy for you to put the photographs on to the site. I am assuming that
they are the ones that were displayed on the old site. I am at this
time looking for further photographs. All the best, and good luck with new
site. Brian Bower.
Thanks Brian. I
would be interested in recent photographs and of when you and your family
lived in Brierley to put on the Where R U now page.
I was browsing the web & noticed a photo with Ray Dyson on (Brierley
Methodist Play 1965)
used to play in the same football team as
Ray & wonder if you, or any of your friends, know what's become of
Hi Geoff, I have spoken to Ray's parents over
the weekend who in turn tell me Ray is living in Leeds but visits them at
their home on Grange Road often. If you let me know your details I will pass
them on to Ray. Did you live in Brierley? Where are you now? Regards Gary
Its Belle and Alec Dyson we have just been looking at the website and
think its great. Nice to know we are on the web, are we famous now?
We are at Keith's as you know from the return address.
Well done Gary nice to see some old faces and some memories coming back. Has
Les Parry got an e-mail address if so could you let me have it.
Regards Keith Dyson
Thank you all for
your email and kind comments on the web site. Nice to hear from you too
Keith. I have contacted Les and I will forward you his email address as
soon as I receive it. Please keep in touch with the site.
the good work, your website as certainly improved you are a credit to our
Thanks Chris. You are
also a credit to our village and your talents at charity fundraising are
well known and appreciated by all.
The site looks really good
and you should be very proud. Let me know if you need any
advice or have any probs... cheers bud,
Jones - Web host
for your help Austen, it is nice to know that nothing is too
much trouble for you. I have also had a look at your site and I
think it is the tops. I would advise anyone wanting to build
their own site to contact your excellent team.
I thought I would
that was taken this Feb at a winery on the
Swan River just a little to the east of Perth western Australia.
Those in the photo left to right are Malcolm Hartley (my cousin
from Brierley) my dad Pat and myself John. Malcolm and his
wife Jean were in Perth on holidays and we went on a River
cruise up the Swan River from Perth to a winery (Olive Farm) and
back to Perth. We all had a great time and bought some
John Hartley in
for your email and the photograph John. Follow the link to see
the pic on the Hartley Where R U Now page
Can you do me a favour and
I've attached in
one of your displays and see if you can get me some names. It
includes my father so I would think its either a team from
Brierley or Grimethorpe.
Les. Follow the link to see the picture.
Hope you are
well, nice to see the site up and running again. My name is
Brian Bower I was on your site before it closed down. I lived at
The Laburnums ( Barnsley Road) from 1943 until 1959.We then
moved to Hemsworth. I worked at Grimethorpe Colliery until 1970
I then moved on to work at Doncaster Royal Infirmary as an
electrician where I stayed until retirement in 2000.I would
be please to hear from anyone who remembers me from
that period. I have photographs of some of my relations who
lived at The Laburnums before I was born (when I have located
them). I would be happy to e-mail them to you if they are of any
interest to the site. I would be pleased if you could give me
any information on these people, Tony, Denise and Linda Spaxman,
William Newton, Paul Normanton, Clive Dye, Lorna Peel.
Regards Brian Bower.
to hear from you again
I am hoping to put
your family on the where are you now page shortly? Is this ok
with you? Denise and Linda Spaxman attended one of my
exhibitions about 4 years ago but I have lost contact with them
again but I am sure that someone will be able to let me know
where they are. I believe that they are still living local.
Clive Dye I believe is still living in the Barnsley area but I
don't know where. If I get in contact with any of these people I
will let you know
was trying to find out when the school was built can you help me
Mike, If you are referring to St Paul's Church of England
School on Church street, the
school was officially opened in 1871 but the late Rev Boyard
Webster noted that some form of unofficial schooling had taken
place before this time. I believe that the erection of the
school may have started around 1869/70 the same time as the
church. Below is an extract from my earlier book Brierley
Remembered No 1.
schools admission registers started in 1873 and the first
official entry is one Annie Little - was born 7 February 1868
and started the school in July 1873. It names her father as
Joseph Little - Market Gardner. A further entry also shows a H?
May Kenyon starting the school in February 1878 and was born 25
April 1866. It names her father as George Kenyon - Farmer. From
that date , there is only a further 44 names registered up to
1880, and there is no admission dates to accompany these names.
It is interesting to note, that the school was named ‘Brierley
Girls and Infants’. The first Head teacher and probably the
only teacher at that time was a Miss Fanny Juster. It is also
interesting to note that, before Mr E H Hoyland in 1898, all the
other previous head teachers (11) were ladies, and that they
didn’t seem to stay at the school for much more than one year.
I would like to have concluded by stating that the school was
girls only in those early years, but evidence in the registers
shows that boys did attend at the same time.
hope this information is useful to you. Regards Gary
wanted to know if you had any pictures of my family who
lived in the village for years I remember seeing some
pictures on your site of 2 people I class as the kindest
and friendliest people I knew from the village. I left the
village sometime ago but visit as often as I can could you
please place the pictures back on and if possible more if you
have them the picture in question is of my granddad and grandma
keep up the good work..
all the best
& Nellie Woodward
to hear from you Darron. Darron
is referring to Eddie and Nellie Woodward who made and sold the
famous ice cream 'It's Danny's' and who were the sister company
to the equally famous Danny Oates ice cream.
penny lick day when we brought the last of the ice cream horse
drawn cart to Brierley was a great success. I agree with you
and granddad were two of the finest
people that I ever met. I will
be putting a few photographs up on the site soon. I have
actually come across an old newspaper cutting with your granddad
working in the factory.
Photograph now on line.
One of my ancestors apparently lived for a period at Brierley
Hall. He is William Bancks (1782-1863), the last to inherit the
200 year Bancks family business of metal working initially at
Wigan , and later at Bewdley. I have a lot of the research
papers of Rev Charles Gerard Winstanley Bancks of Harley, as he
is my great grand father. His research reaches as far back as
688. I would be interested in any links you may know of between
The Bancks family and Brierley Hall.
have written the full history of the present day Brierley Hall
along with my good friend Richard Watson. Unfortunately, there
was no mention of a William Bancks ever owning or tenanting the
property. However, Lindley House which stands in the centre of
Brierley was once known as Brierley Hall before the
present Hall was built in 1840. Looking at the dates that
William was born and died, it may be this building that he lived
in. I am not sure if Richard Watson can help us further on this
but I will make some enquires. I will also contact the present
owners to see if they can help.
the stone post on Barnsley Road opposite Regina Crescent
for pointing this out to me, here are a few notes. This a
gate post dating from the time when the Barnsley to Pontefract
Turnpike road was opened in 1835. The provision of gate posts
was part of the work of the road engineers. The bolt was part of
the gate hanger. At that time Barnsley Road was called Oak Tree
Lane and the field that this post stood in was Oak Tree Close.
The post has an Ordnance Survey Bench Mark on it north east
face, on a map dated 1907 this is shown as being 277.5 feet
above sea level. A similar gate post on the road out of Brierley
leading to Hemsworth stands alone on the left of the road, this
has a Bench Mark shown on the map as 321.5 feet above sea level.
I Hope this
for that Richard.
I received your email I also noticed the same mark on St Paul's
Church to the left of the main doors. It was interesting to note
that Barnsley Road was known as Oak Tree Lane.
no see, good to see somebody's got Brierley on the world
wide web. I was in Brierley club the other week and saw the old
school photograph with myself on it that you have done. Is there
any chance of getting a copy of this photograph and could
you email it me.
is nice to hear from you Crock. I will email you a copy as soon
as I have time to scan the photograph in. How is the DJing
going? I hear you are in big demand. Next time you are coming
over, give me a shout and I will come for a pint with you.
It's good to see you
back on the web. Last year we were in contact over your plan to
publish a book and include the article I'd written on my
grandfather Ernest Blenkinsop. Did this ever materialise? How
can I get hold of a copy?
Hope all is well.
Best regards, Bob
I am lagging behind Bob. The book is only halfway finished. I am
hoping to have it ready for Christmas. I will email you when it
I found your website as I went on the Brierley website created
by my uncle, Richard Watson (your site was shown as a link), so
congrats on setting up a great website (for a great village!). I
assume you must have heard of the Drapers even though there are
less of us still resident there. I don't know if it's just me,
but I couldn't click on and see some parts on your website, such
as memories, history and photographs, which is a shame because
I'd really like to see them.
Keep up the good work.
Alan, is your dad John Draper? I
know your uncle Richard very well. He helps me out with any
questions on the history of Brierley. He is an absolute mine of
Knowledge. I have also photographed your grandma Eva on lots of
occasions and I will be putting some of the photographs on the
site very shortly. I am hoping that all the links are working
properly now. Have a look round the site and keep in touch.
to see you are getting the website going again, I was trying to
talk my Uncle Bill into helping you out or maybe talking to you
about him taking it on when he and Yvonne were over here early
up the good work.
Bates, Adelaide, Australia
to know you have found the new site. I didn't know Billy and
Yvonne had been over to see you. I know if I get stuck I can
call on them anytime. I will leave your email address on site
for if anyone wants to contact you. Please keep in touch with us
all and I would welcome your comments from over the seas when
the site is fully up and running.
just looking at local sites – doing a bit of practice writing
websites myself. When will you be putting some pics up.
to hear from you. I am hoping to work on the photograph page
very shortly. If you have any requests please let me know. Good
luck with your dabbling.
was searching the web, and found your site... I was kind of
excited, but this feeling was soon over come. your site is poo.
Brierley I am the human torch... and I almost love you all.
to their own taste, but thanks for your comments anyway. It was
nice of you to visit